Saturday, May 13, 2006

Honesty. Lot of drama on the old internet, swirling around like a whirlpool, dragging in people.

Drama focused on what is real and what is not real. I was on a dig in Wyoming once, shared an apartment with a guy named Craig. He was in his mid 20s. Every couple of days he would tell us a story, letting the details dribble out in bits and pieces. A wife killed in Lebanon. A plane crash. A near fatal bus accident. A previous career in the army. Separately, the stories seemed plausible and even possible. But gradually a realization dawned on me that there were too many coincidences, too many bizarre happenings. One night he arranged a poker party and I placed hostess, deciding that card playing was not a skill I possessed. As I watched Craig I realized, "He's cheating!" Mirror skillfully set in his lap so he could see his cards that were facedown, supposedly unseen. That's when everything fell in place, the mirror reflecting on the true persuasion of that man.

From time to time hoaxes have played out on the internet. The guy in Australia supposedly fag-bashed. The guy named Joel dying of cancer. That other guy trying to escape the ex-gay camp. Are there others out there? Time will tell.

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